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India quietly launches second SSBN

11 December 2017

Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presided over the launch of the second indigenously designed Arihant-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) on order for the Indian Navy (IN) on 19 November.

Official sources told Jane’s that the launch of Arighat , which took place during a low-key ceremony held at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) at Visakhapatnam, entailed flooding the dry dock housing the SSBN to enable it to float into the surrounding waters for additional fitment ahead of its commissioning in 2020-21.

Arighat will be succeeded in the dry dock by two similar SSBNs that have been temporarily designated S4 and S4*.

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